For things like cauking, fiberglass
supplies, and most 'industrial' type supplies, Jamestowns distributors can't be beat.
For basic things like life jackets, basic fixtures, basic electronics
, and common boating
items, then I find the big retailers like Cabela's, Bass Pro's, and IBoats.com to be good buys (especially with the plethora of items which they offer free shipping).
of internet shopping
is to purchase
from retailers who do NOT have a land based retail outlet in your state (this avoids the need to pay sales tax) and then carefully scrutinize shipping
costs. This is where Iboats.com pays dividends, since you can always eliminate any sales tax costs, and they offer a lot of free shipping combinations. Also, make habit of doing a google
search for coupon codes for the retailer you've selected. VERY often there are unadvertised discounts that will swing one retailer in your favor vs another....